October 22nd, 2012
09:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, Romney joust on Libya, Syria in foreign policy debate

(CNN) - President Barack Obama quickly struck out at Mitt Romney's foreign policy inexperience during Monday's presidential debate, with the Republican nominee defending his positions and promoting what he described as a thoughtful and comprehensive strategy to combat extremism.

The third and final face-to-face showdown occurred with the candidates neck-and-neck in national polls with 15 days until Election Day, and the race hinging on a handful of battleground states - particularly Ohio, Florida and Virginia.

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Filed under: 2012 • Debate • Mitt Romney • President Obama
Biden, Ryan trade blows in vice presidential debate
October 11th, 2012
09:56 PM ET
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Biden, Ryan trade blows in vice presidential debate

(CNN) - A combative debate Thursday between Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan came down to the issue of trust.

The running mates to President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in next month's presidential election each challenged the other's facts and claims in the 90-minute nationally televised debate that was their only showdown of the campaign.

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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Kentucky • Paul Ryan
Gore Vidal, chronicler of American life and politics, dies
August 1st, 2012
01:03 AM ET
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Gore Vidal, chronicler of American life and politics, dies

(CNN) – Author Gore Vidal, who faithfully chronicled the major shifts and upheavals in the United States in his books and essays, has died. He was 86.

An announcement on his official website Tuesday night did not mention a cause of death.

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Filed under: Congress
Rep. Jesse Jackson being treated at Mayo Clinic for depression
July 28th, 2012
10:51 AM ET
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Rep. Jesse Jackson being treated at Mayo Clinic for depression

(CNN) - Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is at the Mayo Clinic undergoing an "extensive inpatient evaluation for depression and gastrointestinal issues," the congressman said in a statement released Friday via the hospital.

The Illinois Democrat and son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader, has not been on Capitol Hill since late May. Earlier in July - one month after announcing he was on a leave of absence due to a "medical condition" - the congressman's office released a statement saying he was "receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder."

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Filed under: Jesse Jackson Jr.
Giffords' successor, shooting survivor holds symbolic meet-and-greet event
Arizona Rep. Ron Barber was sworn in on June 19 by House Speaker John Boehner as Barber's wife, Nancy, looks on.
June 23rd, 2012
09:38 PM ET
2 years ago

Giffords' successor, shooting survivor holds symbolic meet-and-greet event

(CNN) - Days after being sworn in to fill Gabrielle Giffords' congressional seat, Rep. Ron Barber hobnobbed with constituents at a "Congress On Your Corner" event - the same type of meet-and-greet at which he, Giffords and 17 others were shot, six fatally.

Then in her third term, Giffords was holding her own "Congress On Your Corner" on January 8, 2011, outside a Safeway supermarket in Tucson when authorities say Jared Lee Loughner began opening fire. Shot in the head, Giffords resigned from Congress just over a year later to focus on her recovery.

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Filed under: Arizona • Gabrielle Giffords